Hatha Yoga is the most classical yoga style. The aim and meaning of Hatha Yoga are to establish a balance between body and mind. It combines the effects of exercises for the body, the so-called asanas, with meditation and breathing exercises, called pranayama.
Hatha Yoga has a positive effect on our health through a variety of effects: We become familiar with our body, work on the definition of the muscles and develop strength and power. Through the exercises of Hatha Yoga, the balance and flexibility improve and the posture becomes more upright, stress is reduced, inner peace is increased and we to concentrate on ourselves and the moment.
Overall, Hatha Yoga has an effect in the form of a general balance and a strengthening of body and mind: you gain strength, peace, and energy for our everyday life.
Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic yoga style, different asanas are put together in a flowing movement.
Through these fixed sequences and the synchronization with the breath, a flow effect is created. Vinyasa Yoga can therefore also be described as a movement meditation.
Hatha Vinyasa Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga. The Asanas are connected fluently with each other via so-called "Vinyasas", so that a harmonious flow of movement is created.
The sequence of asanas is in most cases freely chosen and therefore there are no limits to the creativity of the teacher.
Through the connection of breath with movement, the body is strengthened and stretched and the mind comes to rest.
Pilates is a holistic whole-body training, in which breathing and movement are brought into harmony.
By tensing the deep abdominal, back and pelvic floor muscles, the trunk is stabilized and the powerhouse is activated. In addition, the training of functional movement sequences promotes mobility.
The aim of Pilates is to provide systematic training of the entire body through exercises for strengthening and stretching as well as breathing exercises. Strengthening and control of the body center are as much in focus as the connection of body and mind through conscious concentration on the body and breathing.
Through all this, the self-perception and the body feeling is increased.
HIIT on a MAT
A complementing workout for yoga practitioners who want to improve their cardiovascular capacity, boost their metabolism and develop stronger and more defined muscles. HIIT on a MAT is inspired by Sadie Nardini’s Yoga Shred. María Ferrara is Yoga-Shred trained.
High-Intensity Interval Training exercises are movement repetitions that bring the heart rate up and activate the fast-twitch muscle fibers. Short periods of activity and rest alternate to optimize these benefits. HIIT on a MAT combines this approach with vinyasa-yoga movements, alignment, and core strength to create a vigorous program that supports and supplements your regular yoga practice.
A session begins with a thorough flow warm-up for the muscles, joints and core structure. The session peaks with several series of high-intensity intervals. The exercises support functional movement and safe alignment and develop balance and coordination. All levels of ability are welcome: there is no music setting a pace and options are offered to scale every exercise up or down. The final cool-down section includes fascial stretches and yoga breathing to leave body and mind balanced and settled.
B.K.S. Iyengar has analyzed, systematized and developed most of the asanas (postures) and pranayamas (breathing exercises) from Hatha Yoga.
His aim was to make yoga accessible to every physical condition, so he developed a sophisticated system, which - if necessary - uses props (blocks, belts, etc.) as support for the correct execution of the exercises. These tools support people with physical disabilities as needed, but are also occasionally used by experienced Iyengar yoga practitioners to gain an even deeper insight into the asanas. Therefore, Iyengar Yoga is a challenge for both active athletes and people with ailments.
In Iyengar Yoga, the sequence of exercises differs from day to day, as there are no fixed sequences, in order to explore the effects of the different postures in-depth.
Iyengar Yoga’s aim is to find out the effects of the different postures in their depth and thus, depending on the situation, to put together a meaningful selection of asanas and pranayamas - taking into account many factors and aspects (current physical, psychological condition, age, seasons, etc.) - in ever new, intelligent sequences.
Kundalini Yoga was brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan.
The aim of this style is to awaken the Kundalini - that power which rests in the form of a snake at the lower end of the spine - and to raise it upwards through the chakras to attain enlightenment. Above all, dynamic movements are practiced, which are different from other yoga styles. Often these are practiced repeatedly for several minutes and combined with intensive breathing exercises. Mostly there is an over-theme, to which a series of exercises - called "Kriya" in Kundalini Yoga - is dedicated. Mantras and prayers also play an important role. The practice usually concludes with relaxation exercises and meditation.
Kundalini Yoga works intensively with emotions. Through the sometimes strenuous repetition of certain procedures, intense feelings are often awakened and one can encounter one's own resistance. The goal is to transform negative feelings such as anger through the practice and thus cultivate more serenity, joy, devotion, and equanimity.
Many yogis and yoginis report that they have made the experience that Kundalini Yoga leads very quickly to changes and an improvement in well-being. It is an intensive form of practice in which a lot of energy is moved and released. Inner processes and personal spiritual development are supported and encouraged.